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Watch Dolly Parton on Larry King Live

Dolly Parton Discuses Rumors She is Gay

KING: You — you’re unusual in many respects. You’re a great entertainer. And I mean, the Kennedy Center Honors don’t happen to many. You also have a lot of gay fans. You’ve even dealt with gay rumors yourself. What is your appeal, do you think, to the gay community?

PARTON: Well, I think the gay people have always liked me because I have always been myself. I’m not intimidated by how people perceive me. I don’t judge nor criticize people. I think that’s another reason that they at least know that I’m sympathetic. I think all people have a right to be who they are. We’re all God’s children and God should be the one to judge, not other people. So I have a lot of gay friends, lesbian friends. I work with a lot of people. I am not gay. I have been accused of that. But I have been happily married for 42 years to the same man. And he’s not the least bit threatened, you know, by the fact that I may be gay. And he knows I have a lot of friends. But I love everybody. It doesn’t matter to me.


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Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin Has Photos

In sharp contrast to yesterday’s aggressive breakup of a peaceful Slavic Pride march in Moscow by riot police, a “Rainbow flash mob” of between 100 and 250 LGBT people and supporters marched peacefully today in St. Petersburg.

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Jeremy, at Good-As-You posted a video of the spontaneous, joyful celebration in San Francisco just over a year ago when legal marriage became an option for same-sex couples.

CastroInTheStreets posted this:

On May 15, (2008) the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry. I followed the celebrations around San Francisco all day and talked to people about what this means to their lives.


Yesterday, the court in California chose not to overturn Prop8.

Why the California Court’s Decision Is Good for Gay Marriage
Prop 8 Decision: We Won’t Back Down
California Marriage Equality — How We Will Win
What Will Marriage Equality Supporters Do During the Prop 8 Rallies?
Why President Obama Hurts His Own Cause By Not Addressing Homophobia in the Black Community

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Memorial Day 2009

I want to post about three things today, Obama’s Memorial Day Weekend video address, General Wesley Clark’s support of Beyond Tribute and D.A.D.T. (Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell).

Obama’s Memorial Day Weekend Address

SAT, MAY 23, 12:00 AM EST

Weekly Address: Sacrifice

On Memorial Day weekend, President Obama calls on the American people to join him in paying tribute to America’s veterans, servicemen and women – particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice – and their families.
(Includes video.)

Gen. Wesley Clark

General Wesley Clark wrote an article for Huffington Post. He is encouraging us spend our Memorial Day shopping dollars at stores that have made a commitment to give part of their sales receipts to “medical treatment and family support for veterans.” It’s called Beyond Tribute.

Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.

How much do UNequal rights cost?

Gays Have Served Honorably in the War on Terror

It’s time to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’


More Memorial Day Posts:

Obama Honors Troops On Memorial Day (VIDEO)
Obama’s Memorial Day Celebration At Arlington Cemetery
Memorial Day Roll Call Honors 148,000 Veterans
An Insult to Service
Rev. Irene Monroe: Who celebrates our queer servicemembers on Memorial Day?

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** Watch Mike Rogers on The View **

Mike Rogers Threatened On Let’s Talk Live

I watched Mike’s interview onWashington, DC News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live (video online), and I found it interesting that Doug McElway was so passionately opposed to Mike’s work that he said he wanted to “punch you across the face.”

I Did Not Take It Seriously

I did not take the threat seriously at first. I saw it more as an indication of Mr. McElway’s own discomfort with the topic of homosexuality, especially the topic of hypocrisy and living a double life.

Following the Story on BlogActive

Since then, I’ve been following the story on Mike Rogers’ website, BlogActive. For about five years, Mike Rogers has made it his work to ‘out’ politicians who live a ‘gay’ life and vote an ‘anti-gay’ life. He said he is not in favor of ‘outing’, but he is opposed to hypocrisy.

I See Mike’s Point

When I watched the interview with Doug McElway, I thought maybe he was hyper-sensitive, because he was hiding something. Since then, I’ve seen in posts on BlogActive.com that Doug McElway has a history of speaking in a hostile manner to and about lgbt persons on his television show.

Catch Up on the Story

Thursday, May 07, 2009Anyone have a face mask?

Friday, May 08, 2009Back on Let’s Talk Live Monday and those threatening emails ,UPDATE: THEY JUST CALLED AND CANCELED. NO REASON.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009AOL exposes McKelway and his onair tirade…

Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Time to turn up the heat…

Saturday, May 16, 2009 – Now this is odd , Bringing you up to date on the Doug McKelway campaign

Monday, May 18, 2009 – Keeping in touch

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Prepping

Thursday, May 21, 2009 – Busy Day Tomorrow

Friday, May 22, 2009 – Today, I Told a Fib, The View … Video

What I Realized

I realized, over the course of a few days, that this is not about Doug McKelway’s fear of people being ‘outed’ against their will. This is about his abusive speech directed towards a guest on his show, a guest who happens to be gay. And he, as a public figure and television personality, may well be showing by example that it is okay to bully gay people, or worse.

What I Did

I went back to my post from the other day and added an update saying this:

UPDATE: May 22, 2009

I was wrong to imagine that Doug McKelway was simply uncomfortable with the idea of public figures being ‘outed’, and that was why he was so hostile towards Mike Rogers.I’ve read more about him over the past couple of weeks, and I now believe he has demonstrated a pattern of hostility towards lgbt persons.

As a public figure and potential ‘role model’ (a negative role model, showing others that it is okay to bully people who are different in some way), he has crossed the line in a way that should be addressed.His open hostility and suggestions of violence against an openly gay man would not be tolerated if they were directed at someone because of race, religion, national origin or any other way that people are diverse.

He did not behave with journalistic integrity in that piece, and it now looks like he has a pattern of misbehavior.

I believe a public apology by Doug McKelway, to Mike Rogers, is in order.  I should have revisited this sooner.

I hope Doug McKelway’s employer will address this issue with him soon.

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Yanni Concert in Raleigh, N.C.

In late April, I had the opportunity to hear Nathan Pacheco in concert with Yanni in Raleigh, N.C.  I had hoped to go with a group of people, but I’d not asked them to buy a ticket for me ahead of time, because I thought my schedule would not allow me to go.

Great Schedule, Perfect Timing

As it turned out, everything worked perfectly, and I was able to go to Raleigh for the Yanni Voices concert. We arrived about an hour before the start of the show.

My First Ever Yanni Concert

I’m old enough to be in Yanni’s core fan base, but until this past April, I had never been to a Yanni concert. I was not sure what to expect.

Yanni’s Loyal Fans

What I saw was that Yanni’s loyal fans are mostly over forty years old. From what I saw of the crowd in Raleigh, the core fan group is of an age group that probably has adult children who are at least as old as these new, young singers.

Yanni’s New Fans

I imagine that Yanni is trying to expand his audience by reaching out to younger listeners. He’s made a good decision, in my opinion, by bringing out young, talented singers and writers to draw in a younger crowd.

Yanni Voices Are Reaching Younger Listeners

I couldn’t prove it by all the gray hair I saw in the audience in Raleigh, N.C., but I believe younger listeners are tuning in to Yanni and the Yanni Voices: Nathan, Chloe, Leslie and Ender.

How Do I Know Young People Are Listening?

Since I talk about Nathan Pacheco, and how amazing and wonderful his voice is, I hear from people who also love his voice, his music and his presentation. I have heard from a fan who is a teenager. And, I personally know a fan who is in elementary school.

Not a Bad Seat in the House

The Yanni concert I attended was in a coliseum location. It did not seem like the best possible venue for a  music show, but it was still good. As it began, my thought was that there could be no bad seat in the house.

As Big As IMAX

There were huge images that appeared behind the stage, like a backdrop behind the performers, that showed the faces of the singers as they sang. At times, I had to remind myself to watch the singers on stage, as well as watching the images of them. “You’re at a concert! Watch the person on the stage!” 🙂

Nathan’s Voice with Reverb and Amplification

You know I think Nathan has an amazing voice. Amplify that voice, add a little reverb, and it’s a “WOW!” experience. 🙂

Filled to the Brim

Nathan has, and is, a remarkable talent. During the opening to the show, when Nathan’s voice sounded throughout the theater, the feeling welled up in me, and I almost had tears in my eyes. Beautiful!

Such a Nice Man

Nathan is a super-nice guy. He is very humble. He loves to sing, and he loves the music. In spite of his great talent, he is not self-centered. He is truly remarkable.

Chloe, Leslie and Ender

Everyone did a great job. The singers are Nathan Pacheco, Chloe, Leslie Mills and Ender Thomas. They are all very talented. I had the opportunity to visit with Nathan and to meet the other three singers after the show and visit with them briefly, too. They were all so sweet. I was really impressed. I liked them all.

I Should Have Bought a CD

I should have bought one of the cds. All the singers do a great job. There is a variety of styles of music in the show. If I had thought about it, I could have bought a cd and brought it home to keep the concert going. And, since I had the opportunity to speak to them all after the show, I could have had it autographed, too! (sigh) Oh, well! I’ll buy one the next time I see them in concert.

Take a Chance. Put Yanni Voices on Your Calendar

If you’ve never heard of Yanni, or if you’re not in the Yanni fan base, I hope you’ll step out of your comfort zone and check out this show. The show contains a few of Yanni’s crowd-pleasing instrumentals from years back. But, the focus is on these young singers: Nathan Pacheco,  Chloe, Leslie Mills and Ender Thomas

There Is Still Time

There are still a few more concerts around the USA.  The singers are doing a great job.  Discover them now, listen to them sing and see them in concert tomorrow.

Nathan Pacheco


Leslie Mills

Ender Thomas

Yanni Voices Concert Schedule

Visit Yanni.com for information about upcoming concerts and appearances.  It looks like they’re offering 2 tickets for the price of 1 in a few cities. Lucky you! 🙂2009 April Chloe-Ender-Nathan-Leslie Raleigh tight shot - brighter

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Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:02:33 AM
Subject: Feedback

Hi Nathan: If this note is really getting to you… I was so taken by hearing you in the YANNI concert in Reading, PA this past Sunday. You are an incredible performer and your music is just beautiful. Keep recording – your songs from the Yanni Voices CD have been stuck in my head. In fact, I do a lot of running and I hear them without the use of an ipod!


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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